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  • Stancill Brewery - Stancill's latest beer is 'Stainless', a pale hoppy number late hopped with Cascade offering a bitter hit and a distinctive aftertaste that makes the beer great with spicy food - as customers at the Castle Inn's curry night discovered to their pleasure!
  • choc stout Abbeydale Brewery - First up, I'm sure the Beer Matters team were suitably red-faced when they realised they forgot our submission from last months issue! I'm sure we won't remind you of it (much!) ;).
  • seige ipa Sheffield Brewery Company - Sheffield Brewery are known for their range of good quality, easy drinking session beers, however their new CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer, Gavin Kieran, suggested they brewed a rather more hoppy IPA.
  • Wai-iti Acorn Brewery - A couple of special beers for April; St. George's Best(newdesign) St Georges Best 4.6% Deep golden/amber coloured beer with sweet roast malts, good bitterness levels and a delicate citrus aroma. Wai-iti Wai-iti IPA 5% 11th in our next range of IPA's featuring New Zealand & Australian Hops. Rich Golden coloured ale with a smooth bitterness and an array of Citrus aromas mainly of Mandarin, Lemon and zesty Lime.
  • TMB11 Diabolis Interium v2 Steel City Brewing - Diabolis Interium came out at 5.5% and is now doing the rounds, while Funeral in Carpathia is a very irresponsible 8.7%, look out for it on cask at the Shakespeare and in bottles at Beer Central and Hop Hideout. The Shakespeare also has the sole cask of Rum Rum Gimme More Rum, the first person […]
  • Oh-Good-Pale-1.0 Blue Bee Brewery - The first week in April is not just Easter weekend but also the Sheffield Sessions Festival which is centred around the fantastic pubs of Kelham Island.
  • king_of_the_rocket_men_FINAL Kelham Island Brewery - A couple of seasonal favourites are back on the bars for April...
  • American-Five-Hop-1.1 Blue Bee - March will see the return of a special we did last year: American Five Hop 4.3%. This pale and hoppy beer proved really popular last year so we thought we should bring it back with a slight twist, changing the varieties of hops used.
  • hippychick Kelham Island Brewery - After 8 great years as head brewer, Iain Kenny has moved on. Under Iain the brewery has grown and our high standards have been maintained, everyone at Kelham wishes Iain all the best.
  • On the Edge - On the Edge Brewery are hosting '9 Pin', one of their bi-monthly mini beer festivals on 27th March where they brew a small batch of a whole range of different beers to showcase. As the name of the event suggests, there will be 9 different beers and just a pin of each (a pin being a small 35 pint cask).

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Festivals

Below is a guide to events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next few weeks.

Burton on Trent CAMRA

Thu 26 – Sat 28 Mar

Held at the gothic Town Hall in Burton this event features up to 140 beers and ciders, food, plenty of seating, entertainment (including  for those that like it old skool, the legendry Martin Attlebury on the Wurlitzer Organ Fri/Sat lunchtime) and free entry for CAMRA members. Direct trains run from Sheffield to Burton on Trent operated by Cross Country Trains, Derbyshire Wayfarer all day bus/train passes offer great value for this journey.

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Brothers Arms

Fri 27 – Sun 29 Mar

The Brothers Arms at Heeley is holding their first beer festival, featuring 60+ real ales from mainly local breweries, live music and street food. Entry is free.

There are plenty of buses there – 20/20A/25/25A/43/43A/44/53/X17 to Heeley Bridge by Ponsfords or buses 47/48/252 to Heeley Green.

North Leeds Charity Beer Festival

Fri 27 – Sun 29 Mar

At a new venue this year, North Leeds Cricket Club at Roundhay and with free entry for CAMRA members. Features 18 cask beers from the Leeds area and a further 18 from London along with food and entertainment.

Hope Valley Easter Beer Festival

Thu 2 – Mon 6 Apr

The theme for the Easter festival is ‘Rhythm and Booze’ and features around 50 real ales, cider, live music, BBQ and hog roast. The festival is held at the Old Hall Inn located at Hope Village, this year there will also be fringe events in Castleton centred on the Peak Hotel (which is now operated by the same landlord as the Old Hall Inn). There is no entry charge to this festival, held in the pub’s outdoor drinking area.

Bus 272 runs direct from Sheffield to Hope and Castleton every hour, additional journeys available via route 273/274. Alternatively The Old Hall is about a 10 minute walk from Hope railway station (Sheffield-Manchester line).

Old No7 bar, Barnsley

Thu 2 – Mon 6 Apr

The Old No7 bar is Acorn Brewery’s Tap and their beer festival sees around 20 guest real ales, craft keg beers and a selection of Cider & Perry.

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Awards

  • Exposed Awards - Exposed Magazine presented their Sheffield awards on the 12th March and a number of real ale outlets won awards. ‘Best Traditional Pub’ went to the Fat Cat, ‘Best New Bar’ went to the Beer House Micropub, ‘Best New Restaurant’ went to Anchorage. Best local Brewery was awarded to Kelham Island Brewery.
  • Steel City Beer Awards - Several teams of judges blind tasted all the beers in the festival by category on the opening night. The category winners were then judged against one another to produce an overall winner.
  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • POTS WINTER14-15 MINERS ARMS HUNDALL Pub of the Season Winter 2014/15 - Our Dronfield & District sub branch have voted the Miners Arms at Hundall as the winner of their Winter Pub of the Season award.
  • Anglers Rest DPOTY July presentations - A select crowd headed out to the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale for the presentation of our District Pub of the Year award.
  • gate troway Dronfield Pub of the Season Summer 2014 - Members of our Dronfield & District sub-branch have voted to award their Summer Pub of the Season to the Gate Inn at Troway.
  • P1020749 Pub of the Month May 2014 Presentation - The Closed shop team were presented with their winners certificate on an enjoyable evening that also featured a beer festival, games and a chip butty based buffet.

Shop News

  • OffLicenceNewsAwards Best beer off in the North! - The country’s best beer retailers were honoured at the inaugural Celebrate British beer Awards held at the House of Commons last night.
  • DSCF1873 The Beer Stop @ Dronfield - In addition to a number of very good pubs, a new craft beer off licence has opened in Dronfield in December
  • beer-central sds proper logo Beer Central celebrates first anniversary - “The bells were ringing in Beer Central last month as they celebrated their first birthday on the 25th November.
  • HopHideout Hop Hideout celebrates first birthday - Sheffield based specialist beer shop, Hop Hideout, is celebrating its first anniversary after opening its doors in November last year.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.
  • img_2604 New Sheffield beer shops - StarmoreBoss (above) is a new boutique and bespoke off-license retailing specialist quality wine, craft beer and intriguing spirits.

Other News

  • beer-master-standing-cropped Win a year’s worth of beer with our “Beer Master’s Tache” competition - This year’s Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
  • DSC_0494 Beer Central - Beer Central have just celebrated their first six months of trading down in the Moor Market and continue to sell an excellent range of bottles, cans, mini-kegs and gift boxes.

Pub News

  • NBT new lounge CAMRA 2 New Barrack Tavern - Football supporters, music lovers, real ale drinkers and the neighbours joined Kev, Steph and Rebecca Woods to toast the opening of a new bar and lounge at Sheffield's New Barrack Tavern. The Woods family has run the tavern for the past 11 years and it was voted a CAMRA pub of the month in 2014.
  • 2015-03-13 19.26.53 Castle Inn, Bradway - As we climb out of the winter months and the new year hangover, the Castle has sprung back to life! As well as the three real ales, a real cider is now available, live music features every alternate Saturday and there is a monthly themed food night - March 13th was 'a taste of India' and for £12 you got a poppadum with pickles and dips, a platter of onion bhaji, meat samosa, pakora, gobi and salad then the main course, one of a choice of three currys with rice.
  • Coach & Horses, Dronfield - Regulars of the Monday night acoustic session at the Coach and Horses in Dronfield are holding a charity sleepover from 8pm on Sunday 3rd May to raise money for Roundabout, a charity that supports and helps homeless teenagers.
  • B February 2015 003 Noah’s Ark, Crookes - The Noah's Ark, Crookes celebrated St Patricks Day in the traditional way including an Irish menu of bacon and cabbage, Irish stew and colcannon.
  • beer engine proof amended The Beer Engine - The venue most recently known as Delaney's music bar, at the junction of London Road and Cemetery Road near Moorfoot, is to reopen in early April under it's old name of the Beer Engine under the new ownership of Tom Harrington.
  • roundabout The Harlequin - Last Month The Harlequin teamed up with local homeless charity Roundabout who provide support for hundreds of young people. The team at the Harlequin hosted a charity quiz night with an excellent raffle, which raised much-needed funds for the charity.
  • Butchers Arms, Marsh Lane - New management in the form of Steve and Becky Kier have moved into the Butchers Arms and aim to maintain a traditional feel to the pub. Four real ales will  be available with Theakston’s Lightfoot as the regular beer, the other three will be regularly changing guests.  A 10% discount off a pint of real ale is […]
  • SheffBeerWeek300dpi Sheffield Beer Week - March 2015 sees the launch of Sheffield Beer Week, the first of its kind for the city.
  • B89RHd_IIAEt7LL Punch Taverns ‘Partners of the Year’ awards - Punch Taverns have recently held an awards ceremonies where they celebrate the more successful publicans leasing pubs from them.
  • beef pie 2014 023 Angel, Holmesfield - British Pie Week - Gluten free Cask Ale and Homemade Pies at The Angel.

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Inn Brief

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    The Miners Arms at Hundall has had more handpumps installed with 5 real ales now available. The regular beer on the bar is Abbeydale Moonshine with the other 4 beers regularly changing – on the day the extra pumps went live breweries represented included Shiny, Fuggle Bunny, Oldershaws and Lincoln Green.

    The Dronfield Arms, under the management of Edd Entwhistle, has made an effort to feature a more interesting beer range and a 7th handpump is due to be installed. There are also plans to install a brewery in the downstairs area previously used as a restaurant.

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    The Beer Stop at Dronfield has reviewed trading figures over their first few months and settled on opening hours, keeping in mind there is only one person running it who has no staff as yet! The Beer Stop is basically a bottled beer shop with an excellent range that is regularly updated, however they also do a couple of handpulled cask ales and you can drink inside or takeaway. The new hours are Tuesday 4pm – 7pm; Wednesday & Thursday 12 – 8pm; Friday & Saturday 12 – 9pm. Sunday opening may be introduced in the summer. The Beer Stop is on Facebook and Twitter, follow on there for latest news!

    The Old No7 bar in Barnsley is holding an Easter beer festival from 2nd to 6th April which also coinsides with the Barnsley v Sheffield Utd match for all the Blades and Reds reading this! It will feature 23 casks ales, 10 ciders/perrys and a selection of craft keg and bottles from around the world.

    The Eyre Arms at Calver has reopened with beers from the Marstons range.

    The Rivelin is due to reopen under new management and is now being run by the same people as the Old Horns in High Bradfield.  The 82 Stannington bus goes there.

    The Sidings at Brinsworth has had some changes and is now known as the Thirsty Flame. Real Ale now features with Chantry’s Man of Steel being amongst the first casks on the bar.

    The Closed Shop at Commonside is holding a beer festival from the 21st to 24th May. You can get there easily via the 95 bus and food is available daily until 9pm.

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    The main sign on the front of the Tune Inn @ Royal Standard in Sheffield Centre recently got damaged in bad weather and has been taken down to reveal a bit of unknown heritage – the original tiled pub sign!

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    Beer Central, the excellent bottled beer shop in the Moor Markets, have reported hot demand for Thornbridge’s current big three beers, including Cocoa Wonderland which on cask won the beer of the festival competition at our Steel City Beer Festival last October and Jaipur X, the 10% special edition of Jaipur to celebrate the brewery’s 10th birthday.

    Other notable specialist off-licences in Sheffield for beer include the Archer Road Beer Stop, Hop Hideout, Beeches of Walkley, Starmoor-Boss and the Dram Shop.

    The Ship Inn at Shalesmoor has closed down following a change in ownership. It is understood that it should reopen as a pub in due course.


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Campaign News

  • Chameleon-pub-sign-no-background-small Community Pubs Month - April is Community Pubs Month. Pubs are vital resources for their communities, offering a meeting place, providing a social hub and acting as a local landmark that can be used by all.
  • Midlands RHP 2015 cover Heritage column with Dave Pickersgill & Paul Ainsworth - Following the success of the 2014 publication, 'Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs : Pub Interiors of Special Historic Interest,' the latest book in the series will become available at the National CAMRA Members Weekend in Nottingham.
  • List Your Local Logo Final (1) Is your local pub an asset of Community Value (ACV) ? - The Sheffield Star (27th December) recently commented on the low number of Sheffield pubs which are officially an ‘Asset of Community Value.’
  • Good Beer Guide 2016 – the work begins - Yes, we know it’s still only 2014 but work has now begun on this book, due to be published September 2015!
  • Uni Arms above University of Sheffield masterplan - As part of the University of Sheffield's recently published Campus Masterplan, the University Arms could be demolished to make way for more university buildings.

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